Kim suggests uses for screens that go beyond merely dividing a room.
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Kim Myles: Hi everybody! I’m Kim Myles and we are discussing design secrets, now I have to say I’m a huge fun of screens. Screens and all of there glory and all of there forms I feel like screens are the answer to most 21st century dilemmas and design seriously. Now Cathy perfect example, Cathy bought a three part folding retains screen and it’s supposed to putting it in the corner of a room as supposed to dividing off an office with it. She use it as a headboard, what I love about this is that it is brilliant in its simplicity. You are at height, you have a visual anchor, you have something that has a little bit of texture so with intrusting and it couldn’t have them simpler and you know using screens and thinking about screens beyond there kind of face value, it’s something I do all of the time on my show and my makeovers. One great uses screen I have to say something that I really thought it was so successful, it was a giant great room and big open spaces there is no delineation you walk in the front door and there you are there is the living room. It was fantastic and there was a great view but there just lack of sense of intimacy, my little design secret stocking to bookcases. Now you don’t look bookshelves and think screen so you want to expect a little surprising but too inexpensive skinny bookshelves that stock one on top of the other and I put them on the side wall which just allowed for that little visual break when you enter the space. It was fantastic also is they were bookshelves and they’re open, you see through, you still get the view, you get a staging round for beautiful objects for books, really that’s great if I don’t say so to myself. Another time I use a screen as art so I went to an import store, I bought a fabulous three part screen and had you know kind of that hand carve bylines look, we took that handed off, we separated into three parts and we mounted two on one wall and one of the opposite wall so this screen then became art in the space, it was visually intrusting or textural is a little different in a very simple way. Another time that I pulled this on, I use place mats, place mats has screen it was an outdoor space, we are doing a patio and one of the big challenges of outdoor living of patio spaces is your trying to creating an extension of the home. For me I say you know what, this patio needs a wall but I don’t want to build the wall I want to build the wall I want to breeze to come true I want to still see the greenery that’s around me so I used bamboo placemats. I use 40 or 50 of them I went to them all together and I hang them as a curtain on one of the patio. It give me a place to bend the outer furniture, it give kind of the visual divides of the patio, they were outdoor already they can take sun, they can take rain, they can take heats of abuse and again totally unexpected. You want to think placemats but something that you could do and we could all afford which I love.
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